Gale family page
Jane Gale with her great-granddaughter
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Origins of surname
There are three possible origins of this surname given by the Internet Surname Database. The first is from an early medieval English nickname for a cheerful, pleasant or roisterous person. This is derived from the Olde English gal, meaning jovial, rowdy or merry. The second source is from a personal name, introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066 as 'Geil', and having the same meaning. The third possible source is from the Old Norman-French gaiole, meaning a jail, and thus a occupational surname for a jailer.
The name first appeared in Jersey records in 1766.
- Descendants of George Gale
- Descendants of George Gale (Originating From Wiltshire)
- Descendants of John Gale
Births and baptisms
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Gale family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1978, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Albert Gale, 17 Southlands, St Clement - 18 September 1937, D/Y/A/101
- Alice Gale, La Chasse, St Helier - 26 January 1933, D/Y/A/94
- Frederick Gale, 21 Windsor Road, St Helier - 17 April 1931, D/Y/A/91
- Ida Gale, 5 Broad Street, St Helier - 19 January 1944, D/Y/A/112
- Joseph Gale, St Brelade - 8 March 1923, D/Y/A/83
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Family photograph album
A postcard sent to Mrs Gale, at Rose Vale, St Brelade's Bay, in 1911. That year's census reveals that this was Ellen Gale, aged 47 at the time, and wife of Joseph, a fisherman. Joseph George, as he was baptised, was born in 1857, the son of another Joseph, and Esther de Ste Croix, and grandson of John Gale. He married Ellen Esther Huelin in St Saviour in 1889. Ellen was the daughter of Clement and Esther Huelin, also of St Brelade. Ellen and Joseph had no children.